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An airport is a typical example of a NIMBY complex: it benefits a city economically, but no-one wants it near them because of the noise, pollution and traffic it generates.
An airport is a typical example of a NIMBY complex: it benefits a city economically, but no-one wants it near them because of the noise, pollution and traffic it generates.

NIMBY is an acronym for Not In My Back Yard. The term is used to describe opposition to a new project by residents, even if they themselves and those around will benefit from the construction. Often, the new project being opposed is generally considered a benefit for many, but residents nearby the immediate location consider it undesirable and would generally prefer the building to be "elsewhere". Aerial view of Paraparaumu airport in New Zealand. ... Aerial view of Paraparaumu airport in New Zealand. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Backronym and Apronym (Discuss) Acronyms and initialisms are abbreviations, such as NATO, laser, and ABC, written as the initial letter or letters of words, and pronounced on the basis of this abbreviated written form. ...

Projects likely to be opposed include: incinerators, power plants, and prisons,[1] but far more commonly the concept is associated with obstruction and objections to transportation improvements and mobile telephone network masts. Cellular redirects here. ...



NIMBY and its derivative terms NIMBYism, NIMBYs, and NIMBYists, refer implicitly to debates of development generally or to a specific case. As such, their use is inherently contentious. The Oxford English Dictionary identifies the acronym's earliest use as being in 1980 in the Christian Science Monitor. The term is usually applied to opponents of a development, implying that they have narrow, selfish, or myopic views. Its use is often pejorative.[2] The Oxford English Dictionary print set The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is a dictionary published by the Oxford University Press (OUP), and is the most successful dictionary of the English language, (not to be confused with the one-volume Oxford Dictionary of English, formerly New Oxford Dictionary of English, of... The Christian Science Monitor (CSM) is an international newspaper published daily, Monday through Friday. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with pejoration. ...

The term has been applied in debates over developments in various situations, including:

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See also: BANANA

Opposition to certain developments as inappropriate anywhere in the world is characterised by the acronym NIABY (Not In Anyone's Backyard). The building of nuclear power plants, for example, is often subject to NIABY concerns. Other terms for the same phenomenon is BANANA (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything)[citation needed] NOTE (Not Over There, Either)[citation needed], and NOPE (Not On Planet Earth)[citation needed]. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A nuclear power station. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Not Against My Business or Industry. Used as a label for any business concern that expresses umbrage with actions or policy that threaten that business, whereby they are believed to be complaining about the principle of the action or policy only for their interests alone and not for all similar business concerns who would equally suffer from the actions or policies. The term serves as a criticism of the kind of outrage that business expresses when disingenuously portraying its protest to be for the benefit of all other businesses. This opposition is characterised by the acronym NAMBI (Not Against My Business or Industry). Such a labelling would occur for example when opposition expressed by a business involved in urban development is challenged by activists - causing the business to in turn protest and appealing for support from fellow businesses lest they also find themselves challenged where they seek urban development. This term also serves as a rhetorical counter to NIMBY. Seen as an equivalent to NIMBY by those opposing the business or industry in question.

Points of debate


Frequently argued debate points in favor of development include higher employment, tax revenue, marginal cost of remote development, safety, and environmental benefits.

Those opposed to development might argue against increases in local traffic, harm to small business, loss of property value, environmental degradation, loss of a community's small-town feel, strain of public resources and schools, disproportionate benefit to non-locals or new residents, increases in crime, and failure to "blend in" with the surrounding architecture. This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Mom and pop store redirects here. ... This article is about the natural environment. ... New urbanism is an American urban design movement that arose in the early 1980s. ...


Proponents of development may accuse locals of elitism, parochialism, drawbridge mentality, that public services are demanded without regard to how government will pay for them, that private sector companies provide or improve upon services without regard to what infrastructure is required to deliver them, opposition to diversity, inevitability of criticism, and misguided or unrealistic claims of prevention of urban sprawl. Elitism is the belief or attitude that the people who are considered to be the elite — a selected group of persons with outstanding personal abilities, wealth, specialised training or experience, or other distinctive attributes — are the people whose views on a matter are to be taken the most seriously, or... Drawbridge mentality describes the attitude of those people who migrate to more exclusive or more unspoiled communities and thereafter campaign to preserve the tranquil aspects of that community by opposing further inward migration by people or businesses and, possibly, any development or refurbishment, including plans put forward by those already... The term multiculturalism generally refers to a state of both cultural and ethnic diversity within the demographics of a particular social space. ... Urban sprawl, also known as suburban sprawl, is the spreading out of a city and its suburbs over rural land at the fringe of an urban area. ...

Opponents might argue that "progress" is not a given, or that one group's greed is not necessarily in the public's interest.


United Kingdom

Ashtead, Surrey

In the small English village of Ashtead, Surrey, residents objected to the conversion of a large, £1.7 million residential property into a family support centre for relatives of wounded British service personnel. The house was to be purchased by a charity, SSAFA Forces Help.[3][4][5] Local residents objected to the proposal out of fear of increased traffic and noise, as well as the possibility of an increased threat of terrorism. They also contended that the SSAFA charity is actually a business, thereby setting an unwelcome precedent.[6] Local newspapers ran articles titled "Nimby neighbours' war with wounded soldiers' families" and "No Heroes in my Backyard." For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Image of Ashtead Common sign Ashtead is a large commuter village in Surrey, England separated from Leatherhead and Epsom by Green Belt. ... This article is about the English county. ... GBP redirects here. ... SSAFA Forces Help (often just known as SSAFA) is a British based charitable organisation set up to help former members of the United Kingdom armed forces. ...

Ex-servicemen and several members of the British general public organised a petition in support of SSAFA, and even auctioned the "Self Respect of Ashtead" on eBay.[citation needed] This article is about the online auction center. ...

United States

Alexandria, Virginia

In Alexandria, Virginia, people who opposed high-density development in Potomac Yard were faulted for demanding an additional Washington Metro station while simultaneously opposing the scale of development that would provide either sufficient funds for the station or sufficient ridership to justify its construction.[citation needed] Location in Virginia Coordinates: , Country State Founded 1749 Government  - Mayor William D. Euille Area  - Total 15. ... Potomac Yard was one of the busiest railroad yards on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. ... The Washington Metro, or simply Metro, is the rapid transit system of Washington, D.C., and neighboring suburban communities in Maryland and Virginia, both inside and outside the Capital Beltway. ...

Deerfield, Illinois

In 1959, when Deerfield officials learned that a developer building a neighborhood of large new homes planned to make houses available to African Americans, they issued a stop-work order. An intense debate began about racial integration, property values, and the good faith of the community officials and builders. For a brief time, Deerfield was spotlighted in the national news as "the Little Rock of the North."[7] Supporters of integration were denounced and ostracized by angry residents. Eventually, the village passed a referendum to build parks on the property, thus putting an end to the housing development. Two model homes already partially completed were sold to village officials.[7] Otherwise, the land lay dormant for years before it was developed into what is now Mitchell Pool and Park and Jaycee Park. The first black family did not move into Deerfield until much later. This episode in Deerfield's history is described in But Not Next Door by Harry and David Rosen, both residents of Deerfield. Incorporated Village in 1903. ... African Americans, also known as Afro-Americans or black Americans, are an ethnic group in the United States of America whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Sub-Saharan and West Africa. ...

Over the last 30 years, however, Deerfield has seen a large influx of Jews and, more recently, Asians and Greeks, giving the community a much more diverse ethnic makeup.[citation needed]

Nantucket Sound, Massachusetts

Some residents and businesses of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket Island have opposed construction of a proposed wind farm in Nantucket Sound. Proponents cite the environmental and economic benefits of clean, renewable energy, while opponents are against any obstruction to the views from oceanfront vacation homes and tourist destinations based in the region. This article is about the area of Massachusetts known as Cape Cod. For other uses, see Cape Cod (disambiguation). ... Map of Marthas Vineyard. ... Nantucket is an island south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, formed of glacial moraine. ... A wind farm is a collection of wind turbines in the same location. ... Nantucket Sound is a roughly triangular area of the Atlantic Ocean offshore from the U.S. state of Massachusetts. ...

St. Lucie County, Florida

Similar to the situation in Nantucket Sound, Mass., a minority of residents in St. Lucie County, Florida have vehemently opposed the construction of wind turbines in the county. The construction of the wind turbines is strongly supported by over 80% of county residents according to a 2008 Florida Power and Light (FPL) poll. [8] Additionally, the power company proposed building the turbines in a location on a beach near a prior existing nuclear power plant owned by the company. St. ... Florida Power & Light Company logo Florida Power & Light Company, the principal subsidiary of FPL Group, Inc. ...

See also

This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... CAVE People (an initialism for Citizens Against Virtually Everything) is a pejorative acronym for citizen activists who regularly oppose any changes within a community. ... Drawbridge mentality describes the attitude of those people who migrate to more exclusive or more unspoiled communities and thereafter campaign to preserve the tranquil aspects of that community by opposing further inward migration by people or businesses and, possibly, any development or refurbishment, including plans put forward by those already... The term Luddite is a political/historical term relating to a political movement during the Industrial Revolution; currently it is primarily used as a pejorative, describing those perceived as being uncompromisingly or unnecessarily opposed to technological innovations. ... YIMBY is an acronym for Yes In My Back Yard, in contrast and opposition to the NIMBY phenomenon. ... Smart growth is a concept and term used by those who seek to identify a set of policies governing transportation and land use planning policy for urban areas that benefits communities and preserves the natural environment. ...


  1. ^ Merriam-Webster
  2. ^ You can’t park here: it’s my retreat, says ‘Nimby’ Clooney (The Times)
  3. ^ Headley Court Families Accommodation (SSAFA Forces Help)
  4. ^ Nimby neighbours' war with wounded soldiers' families (Daily Mail, 15 July 2007)
  5. ^ NO HEROES IN MY BACKYARD: Residents fight guest house for servicemen’s relatives (Your Local Guardian, 19 July 2007)
  6. ^ Letters of Representation (Mole Valley Council)
  7. ^ a b Rosen, Harry; David Rosen (1962). But Not Next Door. Astor-Honor Inc. ISBN 0839210078. 
  8. ^ Survey supports turbines, FPL says (Palm Beach Post)

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NIMBY - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (399 words)
NIMBY (an initialism for Not In My Back Yard) is an acronym for the phenomenon in which residents oppose a development as inappropriate for their local area, but by implication do not oppose such development in another's.
NIMBY and its derivative terms NIMBYism, NIMBYs, and NIMBYists, refer implicitly to debates, of development generally or a specific case, and as such their use is inherently contentious.
Also, it is a relatively recent term, the first printed usage of which the Oxford English Dictionary identifies as being in 1980 in the Christian Science Monitor, and the nuances of which are still disputed.
Vermont Journal of Environmental Law (1403 words)
The blame for the detrimental effects that NIMBY suits have on both the environmental justice movement and the spirit of environmental laws cannot be placed solely on the members of the community.
Although NIMBY suits often involve concerns over environmental hazards, they are more often then not politically palatable fronts for concerns such as decline in property value or a desire to shift the project away from neighborhoods with political influence.
NIMBY suits often result in the loss of facilities that would have had a positive benefit for the community and the environment because of the expense of going through a judicial proceeding.
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15th July 2010
I received 1 st mortgage loans when I was 32 and this helped my family a lot. But, I require the term loan over again.

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